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Brand-New Mazda CX-8 Diesel Grades and Pricing revealed

Ahead of its much anticipated launch, Mazda has revealed grades and pricing for the Brand-New Mazda CX-8 Diesel.

Arriving to Australian dealerships in July, Mazda’s diesel-only seven-seat SUV combines versatility, style, comfort and safety, with excellent performance and efficiency.

Brand-New Mazda CX-8 is exclusively powered by Mazda’s advanced 140kW 2.2L SKYACTIV-D twin-turbo diesel engine, which also delivers a huge 450Nm of torque and outstanding fuel economy.

Offered in two model grades, there are three variants of the Brand New Mazda CX-8 Diesel available, starting with Sport FWD, Sport AWD and the range topping Asaki AWD.

With a wide range of i-ACTIVSENSE safety technologies offered as standard, paired with the inherent quality of a Mazda, the value-packed SUV starts from $42,490* for the entry level Sport FWD. The Sport AWD variant will retail from $46,490*, while the Asaki will start at $61,490*.

Managing Director of Mazda Australia, Vinesh Bhindi, said the Brand-New Mazda CX-8 Diesel is a compelling offering for customers looking to upsize into an SUV.

“Brand-New Mazda CX-8 shares the uncompromising quality, style, comfort and safety features that customers know and expect of a Mazda,” he said.

“This, paired with the efficiency and economy of the most advanced SKYACTIV diesel engine on offer, makes the Mazda CX-8 an enticing proposition for Australians needing an added level of versatility.”

The Brand-New Mazda CX-8 Diesel will go on sale from July 2018. For more information or to find your closest dealer, visit www.mazda.com.au.
*Manufacturer’s List Price.

Brand-New Mazda CX-8 Diesel Price list:

GRADE                                                  MLP
Sport FWD                                          $42,490
Sport AWD                                          $46,490
Asaki AWD                                          $61,490

Citroen Unveils The C5 Aircross: A New Generation SUV, Ultra Modular And Comfortable

  • Citroen unveils new C5 Aircross in France
  • Vehicle developed to offer segment leading modularity and comfort
  • C5 Aircross currently under study for Australia
  • NOTE: Link to images and video at base of release

Citroen has unveiled its latest vehicle to join its growing SUV portfolio, the C5 Aircross.

Currently under study for the Australian market, the C5 has been developed under the Citroen Advanced Comfort programme.

Equipped with the suspension with Progressive Hydraulic Cushions®and Advanced Comfort seats, it offers a new and typically Citroën travelling experience.

It boasts unrivalled modularity with three individual sliding, folding and inclining rear seats and best-in-class boot capacity of 580L to 720L

Modern and high-tech, New C5 Aircross SUV is equipped with 20 driver assistance systems including Highway Driver Assist, a level-two autonomous driving system, and Grip Control with Hill Assist Descent, for adventures off the beaten track

It also comes with six connectivity technologies, including wireless smartphone charging.
Produced in France at the Rennes-La Janais site, it will be launched in Europe and the rest of the world starting in late 2018 and will be the first Citroën vehicle to come in a plug-in hybrid version at the end of 2019.

After C3 Aircross, a resounding sales success having sold in 80,000 units, C5 Aircross, launched in China and having already sold in 40,000 units, and C4 Aircross, unveiled in late April at the Beijing Motor Show, Citroën is pursuing its international SUV offensive with the reveal of the European version of C5 Aircross.

Listening closely to the expectations of customers who do not want to forfeit practicality for image anymore, Citroën is moving into the SUV segment, a growing market accounting for a quarter of car sales worldwide, by offering motorists an alternative response. To the aspirational body styling of the model, Citroën has added a whole new experience of in-car comfort. The move demonstrates the Brand’s ability to reassert, in addition to its unique identity, benchmark comfort by opening the way to a new generation of SUVs inspired by customers.

NEW C5 AIRCROSS SUV: A UNIQUE PERSONALITY IN THE SEGMENT
Boasting a strong personality, New C5 Aircross SUV stands apart through its singular, energetic and assertive attitude. Measuring 4.50 m long, robust and muscular, powerful but free of arrogance, the new model stands out in the SUV segment with its flowing shapes punctuated with strong graphic touches such as the Airbump®, large 720 mm-diameter wheels, ground clearance of 230 mm and distinctive roof bars.

The cabin instantly gives an impression of protection and spaciousness, with an emphatically horizontal dashboard and enveloping seats, a height position that gives the feeling of dominating the road, as well as a wide central console and warm materials. Like the latest Citroën models, C5 Aircross has a broad range of customisation features.

Some 30 combinations are available outside, with seven body colours, a black two-tone roof offering and three Color Packs comprising coloured inserts on the front bumper, the Airbump® on the lower part of the front doors, and the roof bars. It also comes with five interior ambiances, whose matching colours and materials afford clarity and warmth in a trendy and premium “casual chic” style.

NEW C5 AIRCROSS SUV: THE MOST COMFORTABLE AND MODULAR SUV IN ITS SEGMENT
An ambassador of the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme, New C5 Aircross SUV stands out through its comfort and approach to interior space. It innovates with its typically Citroën overall comfort and two major innovations: Citroën’s suspension with Progressive Hydraulic Cushions® and Advanced Comfort seats with their unrivalled ability to filter out road disturbances and offer matchless ride comfort, the result being an outstanding travelling experience for all passengers.

New C5 Aircross SUV delivers unique modularity in the segment deriving from Citroën’s singular know-how in the world of MPVs, with three individual, sliding, folding and inclining rear seats and best-in-class boot volume of 580 l to 720 l.

NEW C5 AIRCROSS SUV: THE NEXT-GENERATION, MODERN AND HIGH-TECH SUV
In tune with its times and equipped with a 12.3” TFT digital instrument cluster and 8” capacitive touchscreen, New C5 Aircross SUV features 20 latest-generation driver assistance systems, including Highway Driver Assist, a level-two autonomous driving system, as well as six advanced connectivity technologies.

The new, ultra-connected model is equipped with wireless smartphone charging, or the ConnectedCAM Citroën®. Powered by efficient and high-performance petrol and diesel engines ranging from 130 bhp to 180 bhp and the new EAT8 automatic gearbox,
C5 Aircross will be the first Citroën to be available with plug-in hybrid (PHEV) technology in late 2019.

Set for launch at the end of 2018 in Europe, New C5 Aircross SUV will be produced in France at the Rennes-La Janais plant.

MY19 Ford Ranger pricing and models: better value for money, higher equipment levels and five-year unlimited kilometre factory warranty

  • MY19 Ford Ranger ownership experience bolstered by Ford’s five-year unlimited kilometre warranty, MapCare updates available on SYNC® 3iii, Service Price Promise and Low Price Tyre Guarantee offered through Ford dealerships nationally
  • New-generation powertrain and improved suspension for enhanced dynamics, smoothness and cabin refinement
  • Inter-Urban Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with Vehicle Detection and Pedestrian Detection standard on Ranger Wildtrak and available as an option on Ranger XLT pick-up models as part of broader Driver Assistance Technology suite
  • Ranger’s development is part of Ford’s multi-billion-dollar investment in Australia, with locally-led design and engineering covering millions of kilometres, using Ford’s extensive facilities at its engineering and testing campuses at You Yangs, Victoria

The updated MY19 Ford Ranger will go on sale in September 2018 with a raft of focused improvements that build on Ranger’s renowned off-road capability and on-road versatility. With upgrades across the line-up, Ranger also brings new technology including Inter- Urban Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with Vehicle Detection and Pedestrian Detectioni as standard on Ranger Wildtrak and optional as part of a Technology Pack on Ranger XLT, as well as Ford’s new five-year unlimited kilometre warranty.

The MY19 Ranger offers new or standardised equipment over its predecessor, for improved convenience, safety and refinement. “We know that Australians in this segment are looking for value for money with genuine, real-world capability,” said Graeme Whickman, President and CEO Ford Australia. “The MY19 Ranger delivers greater capability and improvements across the lineup from suspension upgrades to Autonomous Emergency Breaking.”

While high on technology and capability, the MY19 will also benefit from an industry leading five-year, unlimited kilometre factory warranty offered at all Ford Dealerships across Australia. Importantly, Ranger’s five-year warranty is available to all buyer types, with no exclusions or qualifications. Ranger also brings a complete cost- of-ownership transparency with Ford’s Service Price Promise and Loan Car Program and Ranger models with SYNC 3iii may receive complementary map updates for up to seven years when they complete a scheduled service at a participating dealer. Additonal benefits include Ford’s Low Price Tyre guarantee, which can also be taken advantage of at participating Ford Dealerships, means that Ranger customers can shop for new tyres with confidence at their local dealer.

MY19 Ford Ranger XL Series

The Ranger XL is the affordable, dependent workhorse made even more capable thanks to its targeted upgrades that focus on usability, livability and capability. XL benefits from the introduction of an easy-lift tailgate on all pick-up models. With a new internal mechanism, the XL’s tailgate is now lighter to lift, with a 70-per cent reduction in initial force required to raise it for closing. Not only does this mechanism require less effort to lift, it also means that it’s easier to lower.

Ranger’s suspension has also been upgraded across the range to reduce and better control roll, with an emphasis on improving the driving experience when fully-laden and towing.

Offered in single-, super- and double-cab body styles, Ranger XL brings the flexibility and toughness of Ranger’s ladder-frame chassis and Australian-led engineering and design in both 4×2 and 4×4 powertrains.

500Nm Bi-Turbo diesel engine and 10-speed automatic available on MY19 Ford Everest offering greater capability, refinement and efficiency

  • MY19 Ford Everest offers next generation powertrain with 10-speed automatic, 500Nm of torque, significantly improved levels of driveability, smoothness and cabin refinement for touring both on- and off-road
  • Inter-Urban Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with Pedestrian Detection and Vehicle Detection available, with keyless entry and push-button start now standard across the range
  • Everest development is part of Ford’s multi-billion dollar investment in Australia, the locally-led design and engineering has seen millions of kilometres of testing and development globally, including at Ford’s advanced engineering and testing facilities at its You Yangs campus in Victoria.

The MY19 Ford Everest brings significant upgrades and advanced technology including AEB, with an available state of the art powertrain for greater touring range and capability. Building on the award-winning Everest range, the MY19 Everest can now tow more (3,100kg), head further off-road and save fuel around town with the most fuel efficient, refined yet capable Everest to date.

The Australian-led design and engineering of Ford’s most capable off-road SUV included extensive testing at Ford’s You Yangs Proving Ground in Victoria. Everest has seen its off-road capability widely praised by 4×4 media and enthusiasts, with its Terrain Management System, tuned suspension, tyre and wheel package for each individual trim level. This thorough approach has also seen Everest’s on-road manners and civility highly lauded, with its wide span of capability bringing Everest to a broader audience in an SUV-focused Australian market.

“Everest is still a relatively new nameplate in Australia, but we’ve seen a positive response from customers as we’ve honed the line-up based on their passionate feedback,” said Graeme Whickman, President and CEO, Ford Australia. “The response has been fantastic, and we’re grateful that our Australian-led designed and engineered Everest has become a choice for off-road enthusiasts as well as those looking to tow their weekend project. We’ve found Everest owners are a dedicated, passionate group, and we’re pleased it evokes such a response.”

The MY19 model builds on the success of the Everest line, which has won Drive’s Best 4×4 award for 2015, 2016 and 2017, Drive ‘Car of the Year’ award for 2015 and 4×4 Australia’s 4×4 of the Year 2016.

Efficiency, safety and savvy
The MY19 Everest continues to fulfil its role as a highly advanced technology-led SUV, with upgraded driver assistance features, equipment levels, and dynamics that allow it to feel nimble around town, yet remain a force to be reckoned with off road.

Ford’s Pre-Collision Assist uses Inter-Urban Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with Pedestrian Detection and Vehicle Detection1 to detect pedestrians and objects, as well as vehicles, to bring the Everest to a complete stop, to help mitigate rear-end collisions and road-traffic collisions with pedestrians. The system, which functions at speeds above 3.6km/h, is new to Everest and standard on Trend and Titanium.

Keyless entry and push-button start comes standard across the MY19 Everest range, offering customers quicker engine starts, improved convenience and easier entry and exit, whilst Trend and Titanium also gain Ford’s hands-free power tailgate, a feature already available on Ford Escape Trend and Titanium.

Everest continues to offer reversing camera and rear parking sensors as standard, and available Active Park Assist (APA), reducing stress by enabling semi-automatic parking. The driver needs only to apply the throttle and brakes, as the system steers the Everest into the parking space.

SYNC 32 with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto3 compatibility is now standard across the Everest range, including Bluetooth, an 8.0-inch full colour touchscreen and reversing camera.SYNC 3 enables use of Google Maps4 and Apple Maps, as well as standard in-built sat-nav for use when the Everest is beyond mobile coverage areas. The mapping system also features a ‘breadcrumbs’ feature, allowing an unmarked off-road route, for instance, to be mapped as it’s traversed.

In addition, MY19 Everest may receive complimentary map updates for up to seven years when a scheduled service is completed at a participating dealer. Approximately 130,000 kilometres of new roads are constructed across Australia every year, quickly rendering mapping systems out of date. The map updates are included with Ford’s comprehensive after-care offerings for Everest owners, including Ford’s Free Loan Car Program and Service Price Promise. Any Everest delivered after May 1, 2018, receives a 5 year, unlimited kilometre warranty, as standard.

Function by design
The Everest’s rugged design has been refined with a new grille treatment incorporating a secondary grille texture against Everest’s chrome brightwork. HID headlights are now standard on Trend. Everest Titanium features a new 20-inch split-spoke alloy wheel design, while darker wheel accents further accentuate the machine cut surface of the alloy, adding more drama and a premium appearance.

Inside Everest’s spacious cabin, a new ebony interior delivers a premium experience. Soft-touch surfaces in contact points around the cabin improve comfort and quality, whilst the new ebony interior theme brings greater depth and allows brightwork, contrast stitching and shadow chrome highlights to stand out more strongly than before.

State-of-the art powertrain
Optional on Trend, and standard on Titanium, Ford’s new-generation Bi-Turbo diesel is coupled to an advanced 10-speed torque-convertor automatic to bring greater torque, improved flexibility and a quieter, more comfortable drive. With 500Nm from a low 1,750rpm, the Bi-Turbo delivers a greater torque spread, while the 10-speed’s close ratios reduce gaps in power and acceleration to make steep, slippery hill-climbs, for instance, much easier. The Bi-Turbo offers a combined fuel economy of up to 6.9L/100km on Trend RWD.

The 3.2-litre TDCi Duratorq with six-speed automatic powertrain will continue as standard on Everest Ambiente and Everest Trend, offering solid, reliable capability at an attainable price.

“Everest fitted with the new Bi-Turbo and 10-speed automatic raises the bar when it comes to vehicle refinement and outright capability both on and off road,” said Chief Program Engineer, Ford Everest, John Willems.

“Increased power and torque means we have more potential but it’s the mating of the bi-turbo to our new 10-speed automatic that really provides access to, and the greatest use of, the Bi-Turbo’s impressive output.” he added.

A model of refinement
The MY19 Everest’s enhanced off-road capabilities are matched by its manners on-road, delivering a significantly smoother, quieter passenger experience. All models take advantage of revised suspension geometry, which improves Everest’s ride and handling for greater composure on- and off-road.

Cabin quietness is also assured thanks to Active Noise Cancellation (ANC). On the Bi-Turbo Trend and Titanium, engine and transmission noise is markedly quieter than the 3.2L Duratorq thanks to an engineering focus on quiet operation, as well as advanced sound insulation to ensure the Everest is as smooth as silk.

MY19 Ford Ranger: Australia’s favourite 4×4 of 2017 brings up to 500Nm, 10-speed auto, and advanced new features for greater capability

  • New-generation powertrain with 10-speed automatic and 500Nm of torque, improved suspension, for enhanced dynamics, smoothness and cabin refinement
  • Inter-Urban Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with Vehicle Detection and Pedestrian Detection now available
  • Available keyless entry and push-button start, easy-lift tailgate and SYNC 31 with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto2 make the MY19 Ranger the most livable, everyday Ranger yet
  • Ranger’s development is part of Ford’s multi-billion dollar investment in Australia, the locally-led design and engineering has seen millions of kilometres of testing and development globally, utilising Ford’s extensive advanced facilities at its You Yangs, Victoria, engineering and testing campuses.

The MY19 Ford Ranger brings Australians an even more capable pick-up with a freshened line-up that combines class-leading technology, safety and convenience features. The MY19 Ranger builds on the capabilities and off-road credentials that have seen the Ranger become the most popular 4×4 pick-up in Australia in 20173.

“The pick-up segment is at all-time record levels in Australia,” said Ford Australia President and CEO, Graeme Whickman. “The Australian market has shifted in a relatively short timeframe, pushing pick-ups like Ranger towards the top of the sales charts. It’s also seen new buyers come in to the segment, especially at the premium end, which is why we’ve made Ranger more refined and more capable at an even wider variety of uses.”

Advanced powertrains for proven performance, cutting edge technology
The MY19 Ford Ranger offers a choice of three powertrains to deliver greater versatility to match Australians’ demands for a wider variety of applications.

Having chalked up the equivalent of 5.5 million kilometres of testing, Ford’s new generation of diesel engines use advanced materials and sophisticated construction to offer Ranger BiTurbo customers a vehicle with an enhanced span of already capable attributes. With common-rail direct fuel-injection, an integrated intake manifold, and a belt-in-oil primary drive, the Bi-Turbo is compact, lightweight, powerful and efficient.

“The new BiTurbo delivers 500Nm from 1750rpm, giving customers access to more torque, more of the time,” said John Willems, Chief Program Engineer, Ranger.

The Bi-Turbo takes advantage of a sequential turbocharging to deliver greater responsiveness, drivability and maximum efficiency. A pair of turbochargers are employed for maximum performance and efficiency. The fixed-geometry turbocharger is employed to deliver greater throttle response and eliminate lag by spooling up quickly at low speeds. The secondary turbocharger features advanced variable geometry to deliver performance gains and smoothness at higher speeds, taking over from the primary initial turbo.

Available exclusively on XLT and Wildtrak, the new-generation Bi-Turbo diesel is coupled to an advanced 10-speed torque-convertor automatic to bring greater torque, improved flexibility and a quieter, more comfortable drive to the MY19 Ranger. With 500Nm from a low 1750rpm, the Bi-Turbo delivers a greater torque spread, with the 10-speed’s close ratios reducing gaps in power and acceleration to make steep, slippery hill-climbs, for instance, much easier. XLT and Wildtrak models optioned with the 500Nm BiTurbo engine maintain Ranger’s equal class-leading payload and 3500kg towing capability.

The Ranger’s proven 3.2-litre turbodiesel also delivers the outstanding payload and towing capabilities Ranger is renowned for. Its highly competitive towing applies to both automatic and manual transmission models, with 3500kg capability on all 3.2-litre powered Rangers across all body styles. Offering 147kW/470Nm, the 3.2-litre comes with a six-speed torque converter automatic transmission

 MY19 Ford Ranger powertrains

Engine Power Torque
Duratorq 2.2L 118kW@3200rpm 385Nm@1600-2500rpm
Duratorq 3.2L 147kW@3000rpm 470Nm@1750-2500rpm
Bi-Turbo 2.0L 157kW@3750rpm 500Nm@1750-2000rpm

With Australian-led design and engineering, local Ranger testing and development saw extensive use of Ford’s start-of-the-art facilities at Geelong and You Yangs, in Victoria. This included vehicle dynamic development, as well as the Vehicle Semi-Anechoic Chamber, Kinematics and Compliance Ring at the Advanced Centre for Automotive Research and Testing.

Tougher, smarter
Ford’s Pre-Collision Assist using Inter-Urban Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with Vehicle Detection and Pedestrian Detection4 is available on MY19 Ranger. The system is designed to detect pedestrians as well as vehicles and to bring Ranger to a complete stop, to help mitigate rear-end collisions and road-traffic collisions with pedestrians. The system, which functions at speeds above 3.6km/h, is optional on XLT and standard on Wildtrak.

Traffic Sign Recognition, available for the first time on Ranger as part of the Tech Pack on XLT and standard on Wildtrak, is designed to identify traffic signs whether they are at the side of the road or above it, permanent or temporary. An icon of the speed sign appears on the instrument cluster and changes every time it detects you enter a new limit.

Lane Keeping Aid and Lane Departure Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Collision Warning carry over to the MY19 Ranger, available on XLT and standard on Wildtrak.

In a segment first, the MY19 Ranger’s easy-to-live-with features include Active Park Assist (APA) available on XLT and standard on Wildtrak, reducing stress by enabling semi-automatic parallel parking. The driver needs only to apply the throttle and brakes, as the system steers the Ranger into the parking space.

Loading Ranger is far easier for MY19 with the introduction of an easy-lift tailgate on all pick-up models. With a new internal mechanism, the Ranger’s tailgate is now lighter to lift, with a 70-per cent reduction in initial force required to raise it for closing. Not only does this system require less effort to lift, it also means that it’s easier to lower.

Ranger’s fresh face
The MY19 Ranger’s rugged good looks see styling changes that carry on the off-road stance and visual appeal of the current model. Lead by a cleaner new grille, which features the distinctive ‘nostrils’, a more distinctively chiselled lower bumper now offers a broader intake for a more balanced look. Ranger Wildtrak and XLT boast LED daytime running lights and HID headlights, for better visibility and vision.

“A successful design should communicate its intent at-a-glance,” said Ford Asia-Pacific Director of Design, Todd Willing. “With Ranger’s reputation as an amazingly capable and versatile vehicle, it is our responsibility to create a design that clearly signals those attributes in combination with a handsome and appealing aesthetic.”

There’s also clearer distinction between models visually, with bumper treatments and colours reflecting the unique character of each model – whether a hard-working Ranger XL cab chassis, or a go anywhere Wildtrak.

Chrome brightwork on Ranger XLT and Monument accents on Ranger Wildtrak reflects each model’s unique position in the line-up, while exclusive to Wildtrak is the new ‘Sabre’ hero colour. Wildtrak’s Sabre paintwork is a rich orange with blonde accents, and contrasts strongly with the dark grey grille surrounds, Wildtrak sports-bar and optional black-finish 18-inch alloy wheels that further differentiate Wildtrak from the pack.

Mission Control
Ranger is now offered with Passive Entry Passive Start (PEPS) keyless entry and push-button start as standard on XLT and Wildtrak, and optional on XLS models.

The MY19 Ranger’s interior hosts an array of upgrades to help tackle the working week, the long-weekend road trip, or the off-road adventure. With durable, tactile surface finishes ensuring a long lifespan with a quality touch and feel, the spacious Ranger interior now sports a black theme. Contrasting detail elements include shadow chrome and silver accent stitching, help give  Ranger’s interior a premium feel.

SYNC 35 with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto6 compatibility continues as standard on XLT and Wildtrak and now optional on XLS, including Bluetooth, an 8.0-inch full colour touchscreen and reversing camera. SYNC 3 enables use of Google Maps7, Apple Maps as well as standard in-built sat-nav for when the Ranger is beyond mobile coverage areas. The mapping system also features a ‘breadcrumbs’ feature, allowing an unmarked off-road route, for instance, to be mapped as it’s traversed.

In addition, MY19 Ranger models with SYNC 3 may receive complementary map updates for up to seven years when a scheduled service is completed at a participating dealer. Approximately 130,000km of new roads are constructed across the country every year, quickly rendering mapping systems out of date. The map updates are included with Ford’s comprehensive after-sales care offerings, including Ford’s Loan Car Program and Service Price Promise. Any Ranger delivered after May 1, 2018, receives a 5 year, unlimited kilometre warranty, as standard.

SYNC 3 also includes Emergency Assistance8 as standard. Emergency Assistance uses the Ranger’s Bluetooth phone connection to automatically call emergency services in the event of a serious road-traffic collision. This system, which is offered on every Ford using SYNC, has been successful in connecting emergency services with Ranger customers on multiple occasions.

Ranger’s fresh face
The MY19 Ranger’s rugged good looks see styling changes that carry on the off-road stance and visual appeal of the current model. Lead by a cleaner new grille, which features the distinctive ‘nostrils’, a more distinctively chiselled lower bumper now offers a broader intake for a more balanced look. Ranger Wildtrak and XLT boast LED daytime running lights and HID headlights, for better visibility and vision.

“A successful design should communicate its intent at-a-glance,” said Ford Asia-Pacific Director of Design, Todd Willing. “With Ranger’s reputation as an amazingly capable and versatile vehicle, it is our responsibility to create a design that clearly signals those attributes in combination with a handsome and appealing aesthetic.”

New five-year unlimited kilometre warranty as standard extends after-sales care for Ford customers

  • New five-year unlimited kilometre warranty now standard across the full Ford lineup – including commercial vehicles, Ranger now has the class leading standard warranty in the pick-up 4×4 segment
  • The five year, unlimited kilometre warranty extends Ford Australia’s comprehensive after-sales care package, which already includes Sat Nav updates, Auto Club Membership (with Roadside Assistance),  Loan Car and Service Price Promise
  • The warranty applies to all new vehicles delivered  from May 1, 2018

Ford Australia is now offering customers a five-year unlimited kilometre Ford Express New Vehicle Warranty, as standard on all new vehicles, including Ford’s highly acclaimed commercial vehicle range. The warranty applies to all new vehicles delivered from May 1, 2018 and replaces Ford’s three year 100,000 kilometre offering.

Ford Australia has been building a comprehensive after-sales care package since 2012, which already includes highly competitive offerings for customers such as  Sat Nav updates,  Loan Car, Auto Club Membership (with Roadside Assistance) and Service Price Promise. The addition of a five-year unlimited kilometre warranty extends the after-sales care package even further, offering customers additional peace of mind when purchasing a new Ford.

“This is another step in our transformation plan,” said Graeme Whickman, President and CEO of Ford of Australia. “We’re transforming our dealerships, our products, our customer service and ownership experience, and today we’re introducing a five-year unlimited kilometre warranty to offer even more value for our customers.”
As Australians continue to pivot towards commercial vehicles, and with more buyer types choosing these vehicles for commercial and daily use, Ford is pleased to include its commercial vehicle range in the new warranty offering.

“Our Ranger and Transit owners rely on their vehicles and we want them to know Ford’s got them covered for five years and unlimited kilometres,” said Whickman.

“At five years and unlimited kilometres, Ranger has the class leading standard warranty within the pick-up and cab chassis segment,” he added.

“This is not a special offer, it’s what customers have been asking for and it’s what we are delivering today,” said Whickman. “We will continue to innovate and find new ways to provide the best service and benefits we can for our customers.”

The new warranty complements Ford’s already extensive after-sales care offering, at participating dealers, which includes:

  • Loan Car – To help keep customers on the road when getting a scheduled service, Ford offers a Loan Car program.
  • Service Price Promise – With Ford’s Service Price Promise, customers will know what they are going to pay for a standard service before they even come in by using Ford’s Service Calculator available at ford.com.au.
  • Auto Club Membership – State Auto Club Membership and Roadside Assistance for up to 12 months is included when customers complete a scheduled service, for up to seven years/unlimited kilometres.
  • Sat Nav map Update – SYNC® 3 vehicles with Satellite Navigation receive yearly map updates for up to seven years with scheduled servicing and SYNC® 2 vehicles with Satellite Navigation receive yearly map updates until September 2024.

For full terms and conditions on Ford Australia’s after-sales care package, please visit ford.com.au

Ford’s new five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty has no buyer type restrictions and all Ford Genuine and Ford Licensed accessories fitted to vehicles prior to vehicle delivery are covered by the warranty.

BT-50 built tougher for Australia

Ready to take on the toughest Aussie terrains, Mazda has released the New Look BT-50 exclusive to Australia.

Designed and developed locally, the New Look BT-50 is purpose built for Australians looking for a tough ute that will tackle everything from the daily grind to off road adventures.

With major front-end design changes and added equipment across grades, this is the second and most comprehensive update to the Mazda BT-50 since its launch in 2011.

The New Look BT-50 boasts a bold new bumper and grille to achieve a stronger road stance.

Sharpening up the bumper, the outer edges have been squared off to give the ute a lower visual centre of gravity and a more solid bearing on the road.

Strong, straight lines are carried through to new fog light surrounds and a large trapezoid lower air intake with skid plate, accented with mesh texture and a 3-dimensional insert for greater contrast.

Further impressing a wide stance, the grille has also adopted horizontal lines, punctuated by a prominent Mazda badge. XTR and GT grades will have premium chrome grille fins, paired with a dark grey lower bumper insert, while XT will have satin black grille fins and black bumper insert.

The front-end changes are bolstered by equipment upgrades across the range, which includes an exciting first for Mazda, the introduction of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto across all grades.

The flagship GT will take another step up in class, offering more convenience and design differentiation as standard. The GT adds a chrome Sports Bar with integrated high-mounted LED stop light, a heavy-duty tub liner to protect the tub and tailgate from scuffs and dents, tailgate central locking to safely secure gear in the tray and a single 12 volt auxiliary socket and light to aid visibility in the tub.

The XT will see the biggest changes with the addition of a Reverse Camera to improve rear vision and a 7-inch Alpine Infotainment System to keep drivers connected to the world around them.

Mazda Australia Managing Director, Vinesh Bhindi, said the Australian-only BT-50 is an important step in the vehicle’s evolution.

“The BT-50 has already won fans in Australia, offering safety, comfort, performance and answering customer’s practical needs with great towing power and payload,” said Mr Bhindi.

“We know Australian customers want all this and a tough looking exterior, so we heeded demand and worked with local engineers to refresh the front-end and toughen up the BT-50.”

“The utility segment is a huge priority in Australia and for Mazda; we’re always looking to improve and enhance our product offering, to remain competitive and appealing to our customers,” said Mr Bhindi.

Making the BT-50 an even more enticing package, drivers will see ownership costs reduced, with servicing intervals updated from 10,000km/12 months to 15,000km/12 months.

Based on a 15,000km/12 month interval, this will save owners of the New-Look Mazda BT-50 more than $850 at the five year service mark. When looking at real-world Mazda owner mileage of 25,000km per annum, there is a potential saving of $1920 after five years.

The potential for cost savings is boosted with driveaway pricing on all New-Look Mazda BT-50 models, starting from $28,990.

The BT-50 will go on sale across Australia in May. To learn more about the New Look BT-50 or to find your local Mazda dealer, visit www.mazda.com.au.

Servicing

15,000km p/a Interval 2 Years 3 Years 5 Years
Previous model 10k / 12 mth $        1,414  $        2,052  $        3,537
New-Look Mazda BT-50 15k / 12mth $        1,091  $        1,522  $        2,683
  Improvement $           323  $           530  $           854

Pricing

4×2  
Model Driveaway price
6M 2.2L SINGLE C/CH XT 4X2 $28,990
6A 2.2L SINGLE C/CH XT 4X2 $32,205
6M 3.2L SINGLE C/CH XT 4X2 $32,205
6M 3.2L FREESTYLE C/CH XT 4X2 $34,490
6A 3.2L FREESTYLE C/CH XT 4X2 $36,490
6M 3.2L DUAL C/CH XT 4X2 $36,198
6M 3.2L DUAL CAB UTILITY XT 4X2 $35,990
6A 3.2L DUAL CAB UTILITY XT 4X2 $37,990
6M 3.2L DUAL CAB UTILITY XTR 4X2 $39,990
6A 3.2L DUAL CAB UTILITY XTR 4X2 $41,990
4×4  
Model Driveaway price
6M 3.2L SINGLE C/CH XT 4X4 $37,990
6A 3.2L SINGLE C/CH XT 4X4 $39,990
6M 3.2L FREESTYLE C/CH XT 4X4 $40,490
6A 3.2L FREESTYLE C/CH XT 4X4 $43,490
6M 3.2L FREESTYLE CAB UTILITY XTR 4X4 $45,990
6A 3.2L FREESTYLE CAB UTILITY XTR 4X4 $47,990
6M 3.2L DUAL C/CH XT 4X4 $41,198
6M 3.2L DUAL CAB UTILITY XT 4X4 $40,990
6A 3.2L DUAL CAB UTILITY XT 4X4 $42,990
6M 3.2L DUAL CAB UTILITY XTR 4X4 $46,990
6A 3.2L DUAL CAB UTILITY XTR 4X4 $48,990
6M 3.2L DUAL CAB UTILITY GT 4X4 $49,990
6A 3.2L DUAL CAB UTILITY GT 4X4 $51,990

Isuzu UTE’s I-Venture Club heading off the beaten track

  • Only manufacturer run 4WD training in Australia
  • Over 100 events held since inception in 2015
  • 2,139  customers through program

2018 marks the third year of the ever-popular I-Venture Club and interest shows no sign of waning as customers all across Australia continue to drive demand for both training days and longer-format trips. Our recent foray to the Victorian High Country sold out in a matter of days, with many customers registering just hours after the event went live on the I-Venture Club website.

The development of Isuzu UTE’s I-Venture Club was a result of enquiry received from customers who were searching for somewhere safe to learn the ins-and-outs of off-road driving without damaging their vehicles, or embarrassing themselves by getting stuck somewhere at high tide! They want to use the vehicles for what they were built for – they just need a helping hand to get started.

The I-Venture Club also endorses the Isuzu UTE brand message of “Go Your Own Way”; essentially putting their money where their mouth is, in backing the quality of its vehicles offroad and showing owners how to indeed go their own way, and really get to places they’ve always dreamed of exploring.

The longer format trips have proven to be a roaring success. These generally four-day trips offer customers the opportunity to join excursions to some of Australia’s most breathtaking — and challenging — off-road destinations, with the support of qualified 4×4 instructors to teach them the skills and techniques required to handle the toughest cross-country terrain, but always with a focus on safety and education on respecting and protecting the environment. With safety in numbers, most owners are blown away by the inherent capability of the vehicles, which with minimal skill slowly pick their way up and down steep terrain almost effortlessly. The toughness of the vehicles is really put to the test under expert tuition, with both driver and passenger absorbing a huge amount of off-roading knowledge as they enjoy the scenery.

“Trips like these give me a heap more confidence, and although we’d love to come out here by ourselves, you’re always a bit worried in case something happens, or you’re on the right track” one of our recent customers explained. “My partner was in the passenger seat for the first three days of the High Country trip, but on the fourth day she stole the keys and she won’t let me drive now, which is awesome” he concluded.

Aside from the 4WDing, customers make some like-minded friends along the way, as well as gain insight into the local area, with guides on hand to fill everyone in on the spectacular scenery and local history as well as native fauna and flora.

Two more longer-format trips are planned for 2018, in addition to the monthly training days around Australia, so for more information, head to www.iventureclub.com.au.

18MY Isuzu D-MAX & MU-X updates – fuelled by Australian feedback

  • D-MAX LS-T 4×2 and 4×4 joins the official range
  • Refreshed D-MAX interior
  • Increased D-MAX GVM: 2,950kg on 4×2 and 3,050kg on 4×4
  • Suspension upgrades
  • Safety upgrades including Trailer Sway Control and Rear View Camera
  • Extended service intervals across range
  • Fresh new colours

Fuelled by feedback and demand from the Australian market, Isuzu UTE have refined the D-MAX and MU-X range for 2018. The 18MY Isuzu UTE range, bolstered by a number of upgrades, refinements and safety inclusions, is in a prime position to continue its growth within the two most highly-competitive segments of the market — the 1-Tonne Ute and Large SUV segments.

In particular the D-MAX has been growing in popularity thanks to its durability, reliability, towing and serious off- road ability. The latest enhancements have looked to bolster this ‘fit for purpose’ position specifically for Australian conditions, while some key refinements to ride and interior look to cater for the demand for more car-like comfort. Essentially, the 18MY models will look to increase our current customer satisfaction as well as attract a wider audience.

The top of the range Isuzu D-MAX

Long established as a marque for the workman, for 2018 Isuzu UTE has refined the flagship ute offering — expanding the D-MAX range to officially include an upgraded D-MAX LS-T Crew Cab, boasting premium features previously not part of the Isuzu UTE range. Positioned at the driver seeking the perfect balance between ‘tough and rugged’ utilitarian and passenger friendly versatility and refinement, the 18MY Isuzu D-MAX LS-T is positioned to be on the shortlist of buyers considering a premium 1-tonne ute.

Straight off the back of a plethora of major-upgrades in 2017, the 18MY D-MAX range is now headlined by the flagship LS-T, featuring many of the standout features and amenities as found on the MU-X LS-T; 18” wheels with Highway-Terrain (HT) tyres, Sat Nav, roof rails and a Passive Entry and Start System (PESS) on 4×4 LS-T only. Just like the rest of the range the 18MY D-MAX LS-T is powered by Isuzu’s exclusive 3-litre turbo diesel 4JJ1-TC engine — generating 130kW and 430Nm — paired with the smooth Aisin-built AWR6B45 6-Speed Automatic Transmission. Respecting that not all owners necessarily take their ute off-road — instead preferring a ute for the unmatched family-friendly space and versatility, the flagship LS-T is available in two drivetrains; two-wheel drive or through Isuzu’s “Terrain Command” 4WD Select System.

Borrowing styling cues from the flagship MU-X LS-T, the 18MY D-MAX LS-T has been tastefully refined with the additions of a new premium leather accented interior, featuring rich genuine perforated leather (on body contact areas) which is proven to breathe better than non-perforated — plus additional accents of polyurethane leatherette on the hard wearing bolsters and rests. The dash, glovebox and armrest are trimmed in soft touch leatherette, door handles finished in chrome and the air vents and window switches finished in gloss black for a premium look — these soft-touch refinements can also be found inside the D-MAX LS-M and LS-U variants.

Another interior update for the D-MAX 18MY LS-M, LS-U and LS-T variants is the addition of two 2.1-Amp USB charge points; one in the dash, and one in the rear console. This update is fuelled by customer feedback on charging personal mobile devices whilst on the road, and can also be found across the entire MU-X range.

Comfort Suspension

With more and more families turning towards utes for their daily drive, Isuzu engineers have developed a new 3-span leaf spring setup for SX, LS-U and LS-T Crew Cab ute variants — a suspension tune developed with Australian customer feedback in mind. Through the use of stronger and lighter materials this new setup not only improves the ride, comfort and handling — the setup has proven to not compromise the payload capacity versus the 17MY 5 leaf spring setup.

Increased D-MAX GVM

Along with the 18MY suspension upgrade for Crew Cab ute variants, Isuzu Engineers have reassessed the Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) capacity of the entire 18MY D-MAX range — increasing the GVM on 4×2 models to 2,950kg and the GVM on 4×4 models to 3,050kg. This improvement increases the payload capacity of all models by 100kg in comparison to 17MY models. This upgrade gives the D-MAX 4×2 low-ride SX Single Cab Chassis class-leading payload capacity of 1,349kg.

Safety Upgrades

According to feedback from owners, half on average purchase an Isuzu for the purpose of towing — highlighting the strength and versatility of the D-MAX and MU-X powertrain. With that in mind, Isuzu engineers have added Trailer Sway Control (TSC) across all 18MY models (excluding the D-MAX 4×2 low-ride SX Single Cab Chassis manual), improving on the active safety system offerings. Stemming from the vehicle’s Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system, the TSC system monitors trailer movement through the ESC sensors and modulates throttle and brake inputs to individual wheels — bringing the towed trailer under control if unsolicited sway is detected.

Safety has always been at the forefront of Isuzu vehicle development. Previously reserved for LS variants, all 18MY D-MAX ute models now feature a rear bumper to improve occupant collision protection, along with a reversing camera as standard for increased safety and visibility — however both remain optional on cab chassis models due to the nature of the tray.

Extended Service Intervals across range

As a testament to the immense confidence we have in building durable, reliable and efficient vehicles, every Isuzu vehicle is backed by the Isuzu UTE Australia Service Plus Program which includes a 5 year warranty, 5 years Roadside Assistance and 5 year/75,000 kilometre Capped Price Servicing program – which adds further peace of mind when it comes to protecting your investment and your wallet.

Through continual refinement of our Isuzu D-MAX and MU-X, Isuzu engineers have structured a highly competitive Capped Price Servicing Program for 18MY – onwards vehicles, featuring a 12 month or 15,000 kilometre interval. In fact, over the course of 60 months the cost of ownership is one of the most economical within the 1-tonne ute and ute-based SUV class.

Isuzu UTE Capped Price Servicing costs (18MY-onwards)

Interval Months / Km

12/15,000

24/30,000

36/45,000

48/60,000

60/75,000

Total Cost

Inc. GST

$350.00

$450.00

$500.00

$450.00

$340.00

$2,090.00


Fresh new colours

Driven directly from feedback, Isuzu UTE has refined the 18MY range with bold new colours across the D-MAX and MU-X range. The 18MY D-MAX range is headlined with the addition of a three new colours; Magnetic Red Mica, Cobalt Blue Mica and Graphite Grey Metallic. The 18MY MU-X is also now available in the new Magnetic Red Mica.

The 18MY Isuzu D-MAX and MU-X range will go on sale nationally from the 1st of May.

18MY Isuzu D-MAX
Recommended Retail Price (RRP)

Grade

Transmission

RRP inc.GST

4 x 2

SINGLE CAB CHASSIS

SX

man

 $28,600

4 x 2

SINGLE CAB CHASSIS

SX

auto

 $31,900

4 x 2

CREW CAB CHASSIS

SX

auto

 $37,500

4 x 2

SPACE CAB UTE

SX

auto

 $36,300

4 x 2

CREW CAB UTE

SX

auto

 $38,700

4 x 2

CREW CAB UTE

LS-U

auto

 $44,100

4 x 2

CREW CAB UTE

LS-T

auto

 $46,900

4 x 4

SINGLE CAB CHASSIS

EX

man

 $35,000

4 x 4

SINGLE CAB CHASSIS

SX

man

 $38,200

4 x 4

SINGLE CAB CHASSIS

SX

auto

 $40,300

4 x 4

SPACE CAB UTE

SX

man

 $41,000

4 x 4

SPACE CAB UTE

SX

auto

 $43,100

4 x 4

CREW CAB CHASSIS

SX

man

 $43,400

4 x 4

CREW CAB CHASSIS

SX

auto

 $45,500

4 x 4

CREW CAB UTE

SX

man

 $44,600

4 x 4

CREW CAB UTE

SX

auto

 $46,700

4 x 4

CREW CAB UTE

LS-M

man

 $46,900

4 x 4

CREW CAB UTE

LS-M

auto

 $49,000

4 x 4

SPACE CAB UTE

LS-U

man

 $46,600

4 x 4

SPACE CAB UTE

LS-U

auto

 $48,700

4 x 4

CREW CAB UTE

LS-U

man

 $48,800

4 x 4

CREW CAB UTE

LS-U

auto

 $50,900

4 x 4

CREW CAB UTE

LS-T

auto

 $54,700

 

18MY Isuzu MU-X
Recommended Retail Price (RRP)

Grade

Transmission

RRP inc. GST

4 x 2

7-Seat SUV

LS-M

auto

$42,900

4 x 2

7-Seat SUV

LS-U

auto

$45,200

4 x 2

7-Seat SUV

LS-T

auto

$48,900

4 x 4

7-Seat SUV

LS-M

auto

$50,200

4 x 4

7-Seat SUV

LS-U

man

$50,400

4 x 4

7-Seat SUV

LS-U

auto

$52,500

4 x 4

7-Seat SUV

LS-T

auto

$56,200

Holden Colorado VS. Mountain Goat Ultimate Mountain Climbers Go Head-to-Head

  • New Holden advertising pitches Colorado against a mountain goat in light-hearted Colorado: Not to be outdone campaign
  • Colorado’s peerless climbing ability put to the test by nature’s best
  • Campaign signals fresh, humorous Colorado marketing

Even the mountain goat, famed for its unbeatable climbing skills, cannot compete with the tough and capable Colorado in Holden’s light-hearted new advertising campaign, Colorado: Not to be outdone.

In a fresh approach for Colorado, the multi-channel campaign sees a Colorado driver battle in a variety of different situations against a scheming goat, pitching brawn and capability against wily mountain knowledge.

While Colorado, with its ‘switch-on-the-fly’ 4WD, unbeaten 3,500kg towing capacity, 500Nm torque*, 1,000kg+ payload and extensive list of high-tech features including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning, is undoubtedly the hero of the campaign, the goat plays a stellar supporting role.

“Colorado is a vehicle that can go anywhere and is always capable of standing up to a challenge, be that on the work-site, in the city or even against a sneaky mountain goat,” said Holden’s new Executive Director – Marketing, Kristian Aquilina.

“The new campaign – which has been in the works for a while – is a more light-hearted, jovial approach for Holden with Colorado. An approach we’re confident will better speak to our good-humored target market.

“Now is a great time to get into a Colorado, with competitive pricing backed up by a segment leading, five-year unlimited KM warranty and five years roadside assist to give customers absolute peace of mind.”

Launching on The AFL Footy Show this evening, the Colorado: Not to be outdone campaign comes on the back of Holden’s latest Colorado release, the new Colorado LSX, which boasts a range of tough additions including 18-inch black alloy wheels with all-terrain tyres, matte black extended sports bar with ‘Colorado’ branded plate inserts, and black front grille, to name a few.

* Automatic only

2018 Toyota HiLux Range Expansion

  • Three new halo HiLux models – Rugged X, Rugged and Rogue
  • Rugged X/Rugged deliver ultimate off-road protection and functionality
  • Rogue styled and equipped for urban adventurers

Toyota has given its HiLux a serious dose of style, refinement and rugged off-road prowess with the launch of the new 4×4 double cab Rugged X, Rogue and Rugged models.

The three new hero models of Australia’s best-selling vehicle have been designed and developed in Australia with support from Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan and Toyota in Thailand.

Toyota Australia’s vice president sales and marketing Sean Hanley said the three new halo models have been designed to meet the demands of Australian customers and Australian conditions and build on the “Unbreakable” reputation of HiLux.

“Designed and developed over a three-year vehicle program, all the new components on these stunning HiLux models are fully integrated and engineered into the core vehicle and covered by the standard factory warranty.

“The Rugged X, Rogue and Rugged are not accessorised special editions, they are fully fledged new HiLux models that our customers demanded and we can be justifiably proud that they were designed and developed here in Australia,” he said.

“These three new HiLux heroes give customers a bold new choice in the market whether they are looking for a stylish and refined top-end ute for work and play or need enhanced protection, functionality and recovery capability for serious off-roading,” Mr Hanley said.

“We know that the average HiLux customer already spends over $2000 on accessories for their vehicles so we looked at what those needs were from both a capability and style perspective and developed a raft of new features for HiLux.

As the new top-of-the-range HiLux fully equipped for off-road adventures straight out the showroom, the Rugged X is priced from $61,690* in manual guise and $63,690* as an automatic.

The style leading automatic-only HiLux Rogue is priced from $61,690*. Blending the best of off-road and on-road protective and functional features, the HiLux SR-based Rugged offers superb value and is priced from $54,990* as a manual with the six-speed automatic option adding $2000*.

With its off-road focus, the Rugged X builds on the SR5 on which it is based with a host of protective, functional and recovery features.

At the front, the winch-compatible heavy-duty steel front bar with integrated bash plate, LED lightbar and driving lights provides effective off-road protection and, together with the new design grille, gives the Rugged X a striking and tough aesthetic.

Further protective and recovery features include a snorkel, purposeful side rock rails that are able to support a fully laden vehicle, front and rear recovery points and a new heavy-duty steel rear bar and integrated tow bar.

The rear tub of the Rugged X has also been designed for functionality with a new steel sports bar that can support a vertical load of 75kg and, with multiple tie down points, secure up to 200kg on the floor of the tub.

Inside, the new Rugged X delivers all the comfort and style of a premium double cab ute, including leather-accented seats.

A new design instrument cluster, metallic black ornamentation and black headlining complete the interior design theme.

The new HiLux Rogue has been designed with a more urban adventurer customer in mind and features redesigned front and rear ends that reflect Toyota’s global truck design DNA.

Designed in Australia and developed in conjunction with the Toyota engineering team in Thailand, the HiLux Rogue is a stylish premium HiLux model that will be sold in markets around the world.

The new more vertical front end and outboard driving lights give the vehicle a strong assertive appearance that is complemented by clean lines and a neat rear bumper – all with a contemporary black and grey colour palette.

The tub also gains the same practical and stylish sports bar as all the new HiLux models along with a bespoke hard tonneau cover for added protection and security.

As a premium model, the Rogue also gains the same interior features and trim as the Rugged X.

The new Rugged model is based on the HiLux SR and is aimed at customers who want the extra functionality and features of the Rugged X but with the protection offered by a traditional steel bullbar.

Like the Rugged X, the Rugged also features a snorkel, redesigned grille, side rock rails, sports bar and heavy-duty steel rear bar together recovery points.

All three new HiLux models share the same mechanical specifications as the SR5 or SR models on which they are based and are powered by a proven, strong and efficient 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine.

Driving through a part-time, shift-on-the-fly 4×4 system with a full set of low-range ratios, the engine generates maximum power of 130kW and 450Nm of torque with the optional six-speed automatic transmission or 420Nm when mated to the six-speed manual gearbox.

HILUX HEROES MODEL BY MODEL

Toyota’s three new 4×4 HiLux models take Australia’s best-selling vehicle in 2017 to a whole new level of strength and style. With the Rugged X and Rugged set to satisfy those who hanker for serious off-road adventure and the Rogue complementing its double-cab practicality with a refined sense of urban style, all three new HiLux models feature an extensive array of exterior and interior design and equipment enhancements.

HiLux Rugged X

Based on the HiLux SR5 double-cab, the 2.8-litre turbo-diesel Rugged X is offered with a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmissions.

New features for the Rugged X include:

Exterior
• 17″ ‘Tough’ alloys
• Heavy-duty steel front bar and bash plate
• Rugged grille design
• LED light bar and spread beam driving lights
• Front and rear recovery points
• Heavy-duty steel rear bar with integrated step
• Side rock rails
• Snorkel
• Towball & tongue
• 7-pin flat trailer wiring harness
• Black wheelarch and body side mouldings
• Functional black sports bar with multiple tie-down points
• Tub liner with tailgate protection
• Gloss black exterior mirror caps and door handles
• Matt black tail lamp surround
• Black tailgate handle with integrated camera
• Dark grey ‘HiLux’ badges and Rugged X decals

Interior
• Black perforated leather-accented seats
• Metallic black ornamentation
• Black roof headliner
• Front and rear all-weather floor mats
• New design instrument cluster with white illumination and orange needles

RUGGED X TAKES HILUX WELL BEYOND THE BEATEN TRACK

  • Fully integrated off-road protection and recovery features
  • Premium and comfortable interior

The new Toyota HiLux Rugged X takes the ute’s “Unbreakable” strength and reputation for off-road prowess to a new level with a host of off-road protection, recovery and functional features and a bold new style to match.

All the new features of the Rugged X were developed locally by Toyota’s Melbourne-based engineering and design teams specifically for Australia’s harsh off-road environment with support from Toyota in Japan and Thailand.

The Rugged X delivers a more aggressive aesthetic and heavy-duty functional features that underpin its distinctive character as the HiLux designed to work hard and play hard.

Toyota Australia’s product planning and development general manager, Rod Ferguson said the Rugged X was undeniably aimed at customers with an appetite for off-road adventure.

“There is no doubt about the appeal of the dramatic visual style of the new Rugged X, but it’s far more than a styling exercise,” Mr Ferguson said.

“Features like the new heavy-duty steel front bar, rock rails and high-strength recovery points have all been developed and fully engineered to completely integrate with the vehicle and are designed to allow owners the ultimate off-road adventure straight out of the showroom.”

Based on the popular HiLux SR5 4×4 double-cab, the Rugged X shares its mechanical specifications with that vehicle including its 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine. Offering plenty of performance, the engine generates a maximum power of 130kW and 450Nm with the optional six-speed automatic transmission or 420Nm when mated to the six-speed manual gearbox.

But that is where the similarities end.

New features for ultimate off-road protection and purpose

At the front end, the Rugged X presents a face that epitomises the strength of the HiLux with a large honeycomb grille supported by the all-new winch-compatible steel front bar, complete with a fully integrated LED light bar and spread beam driving lights.

Made from black powder-coated high-tensile pressed and fabricated steel, the new front bar is complemented by a 5mm thick high tensile alloy bash plate that provides superb protection without significant weight compromises.

The new front bar and bash plate structure is fully integrated into the front end design of the Rugged X, ensuring complete compatibility with all safety systems and airbags. The front suspension has also been fitted with uprated springs to support the extra mass.

In order to provide outstanding night vision, the new steel front bar features a centrally mounted 66cm LED light bar – the first time such equipment has been fitted as original equipment in the segment – and two spread-beam outboard LED driving lights.

With 24 individual LEDs producing a combined maximum of 120 watts, the light bar together with the 20 watt driving lights, delivers a significantly broader and brighter spread of light than the standard SR5 high beam.

Located beneath the front bar and integrated into the chassis of the HiLux Rugged X are a pair of easily accessible and easy-to-find red painted recovery points*, that are matched at the rear.

The front and rear recovery points are made from 20mm thick steel plate with a large cross-vehicle bracing structure for strength and are fixed into the chassis rails with high tensile bolts. Both the front and rear recovery points have been tested in a variety of recovery situations and can accommodate an 8000kg snatch strap or 9000lb winch.

At the rear, a new heavy duty steel rear bar with a large step is fully integrated with the tow bar assembly and recovery points and protects the vehicle in off-road conditions thanks to its sheer strength and clever design to improve corner approach angles.

Complete with a standard tow ball, tongue and fully installed 7-pin flat wiring harness, the Rugged X is fully equipped to drive away towing a boat, off-road trailer or caravan with the manual version rated to a braked towing capacity of 3500kg and the automatic rated to 3200kg**.

Further body protection and design appeal in the HiLux Rugged X is provided by the black wheelarch and body side mouldings with the former accommodating newly developed 17″ alloy wheels fitted with high profile 265/65 R17 tyres.

Visually tying in the front and rear of the Rugged X is an all-new feature for HiLux, a pair of heavy duty rock rails that take the place of traditional side steps.

Made from chassis-mounted steel tubing that is black powder coated for durability, the rock rails are designed to protect the sills and underbody and are able to support a fully laden vehicle.

They are also fitted with a pair of tread plates to assist getting in and out of the HiLux in slippery conditions.

While many of the new components have been designed and engineered with increased off-road protection in mind, Toyota engineers and designers have also looked to improve functionality, wherever the road or track goes, and this is clearly evident in the large tub.

Protected by a moulded liner, the tub of the HiLux Rugged X is fitted with a sports bar. Unlike many sports bars however, the four-piece steel structure fitted to the Rugged X is for more than just good looks and is a floor-mounted, load-bearing structure that provides multiple tie-down points.

The sports bar is capable of supporting a vertical load of up to 75kg, or securing up to 200kg of camping gear, sports equipment or other essentials for an off-road adventure.

Further functionality comes in the form of the fully fitted snorkel designed specifically for HiLux to ensure optimum airflow to the engine in dusty conditions or when tackling deep river crossings.

The various functional features developed for the new Rugged X not only provide the vehicle with outstanding off-road prowess but also give the HiLux a rugged dynamic aesthetic.

This is further enhanced with a black gloss treatment for the exterior mirror caps and door handles and matte black surrounds for the tail lamps that all create a distinctive stark contrast to the new exclusive Inferno Orange paint colour.

In addition to this bright metallic colour that is only available for Rugged X, Rugged and Rogue HiLux models, the Rugged X is also offered in Glacier White, Crystal Pearl, Silver Sky, Graphite and Eclipse Black exterior colours***.

Premium interior delivers comfort and convenience whatever the conditions

Reflecting the purposeful exterior, the new HiLux Rugged X features an enhanced interior with premium materials and colours designed to offer the optimum balance of style and functionality.

The black leather-accented seats feature a perforated centre section with contrast stitching for a premium feel while the standard front seat heating provides welcome respite on chilly mornings in the outback. The driver seat also offers 8-way power adjustment (slide, recline, height and tilt) with the front passenger position featuring a manually adjustable seat.

Complementing the practical black upholstery is metallic black ornamentation for doors, steering wheel, gear lever and centre console and a black headlining.

The HiLux Rugged X also features a newly-designed Combi Meter instrument cluster incorporating speedometer, tacho and 4.2″ multi-information display that features a dark dial plate with orange needles and white illumination.

The vehicle’s premium infotainment system functions are displayed on a large 7″ display and include full Satellite Navigation^, AM/FM and DAB Radio^^, a single slot CD player, USB/AUX# and Bluetooth® connectivity##, voice recognition and the Toyota Link° app suite that is compatible with a range of iPhone and Android smartphones.

To complete the convenience offering, the HiLux Rugged X also comes standard with a Smart Key system enabling keyless entry and start.

HiLux Rogue

Based on the HiLux SR5 double-cab, the 2.8-litre turbo-diesel Rogue is offered with a six-speed automatic transmission.

New features for the Rogue include:

Exterior
• 18″ ‘Rogue’ alloys
• Premium new style front bumper
• Rogue grille design
• Grey-painted rear bumper with larger step
• Towball & tongue
• 7-pin flat trailer wiring harness
• Functional black sports bar with multiple tie-down points
• Body-coloured hard tonneau cover
• Marine-grade carpet tub liner
• Gloss black exterior mirror caps and door handles
• Black tailgate handle with integrated camera
• Dark grey ‘HiLux’ badges and Rogue decals

Interior
• Black perforated leather-accented seats
• Metallic black ornamentation
• Black roof headliner
• Front and rear carpet floor mats
• New design instrument cluster with white illumination and orange needles

HILUX ROGUE DELIVERS URBANE STYLE AND ADVENTUROUS SUBSTANCE

  • Top-end HiLux designed in Australia for a global market
  • Refined and sporty exterior style for urban adventurers
  • Premium interior features for added comfort and convenience

The new Toyota HiLux Rogue delivers a whole new level of style, backed by plenty of proven substance, to the recreational ute market.

Toyota Australia’s product planning and development general manager Rod Ferguson said Rogue was the perfect expression of a vehicle designed for adventurous weekends away while being equally at home for the weekday commute into the city.

“Whether it’s the snow, a waterski weekend or a bit of high country mountain biking, the Rogue maintains all the HiLux 4×4 credentials to get you there and back,” Mr Ferguson said.

“At the same time, the bold new front and rear end design, clean lines and premium interior means that you will be doing it with a new sense of sophisticated style.”

HiLux Rogue is based on the HiLux SR5 4×4 double-cab model and is powered by a strong 130kW/450Nm 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

As a new range-leading model, it takes its style and sophistication to an altogether higher level.

The new premium HiLux model combines the best of Toyota off-road capability with a new sophisticated urbane style designed by the Melbourne-based product design team and developed in conjunction with Toyota engineers in Thailand.

Global design DNA for a global product

HiLux Rogue was designed in Australia as a global product to be tailored and sold in various markets around the world. It is the basis for the HiLux Rocco that is available in Thailand.

Over the course of a three-year development process for the Rogue, the local Toyota designers settled on a strong bold theme that reflects Toyota’s global truck DNA.

To achieve the new bold look, the front end was completely redesigned with a stronger, more upright profile. A large trapezoidal grille with a honeycomb insert and outboard LED fog lamps help give the Rogue a broad stance and imposing presence on the road.

Surrounding the fog lamps are newly designed bezels finished in a high gloss metallic colour to create a more aggressive aesthetic.

The strength in profile is accentuated with a solid side presence highlighted by gloss black exterior mirror caps and door handles and underpinned by new design black 18-inch alloy wheels fitted with 265/60 R18 tyres.

The newly adopted rear bumper features a larger step and grey-painted inserts to match the front end while a towball and tongue and 7-pin wiring harness are fitted standard to complement the 3200kg braked towing capacity*.

Reflecting the cleaner style of the overall vehicle, the rear end does away with the traditional large HiLux decal with branding detailed by a combination of subtle and stylish decals and badges at the top of the tailgate.

The functional sports bar adds far more than visual appeal and is securely floor-mounted into the Rogue’s tub and can support a vertical load of 75kg or secure up to 200kg on the tub floor via multiple tie-down points.

The stylish aesthetic is further enhanced by the bespoke hard tonneau cover that neatly integrates with the new black sports bar adding practical protection and security.

The hard tonneau cover incorporates a light for the tub and is fully integrated with the central locking system.

In keeping with its more upmarket positioning, the Rogue also features a new type of tub liner made from an ultra-durable marine grade material on a soft foam base that has been designed to perfectly fit within the tub.

Premium features and trim are all class

Inside, the Rogue combines a host of premium equipment, trim and design features to lift the ambience and give it a classy feel.

The polypropylene carpet-like material is UV and water resistant, ensuring long-term durability and easy cleaning.

Mirroring the black colour theme of the exterior, the cabin features new black perforated leather-accented seats, metallic black ornamentation for the doors, centre console and shift lever and a black headliner for the roof of the cabin.

The front seats are heated and the driver position also features eight-way power adjustment for slide, recline, height and tilt.

Front and rear carpet floor mats complete the refined interior.

The Rogue features a redesigned instrument cluster with the Combi Meter – speedometer, tacho and 4.2″ multi-information display – comprising a dark dial plate with orange needles and white illumination.

The premium infotainment system that displays on a large 7″ display includes full Satellite Navigation^, AM/FM and DAB Radio^^, a single slot CD player, USB/AUX# and Bluetooth® connectivity##, voice recognition and the Toyota Link° app suite that is compatible with a range of iPhone and Android smartphones.

Added convenience comes in the form of a Smart Key system that allows keyless locking and unlocking and engine start and stop.

The polypropylene carpet-like material is UV and water resistant, ensuring long-term durability and easy cleaning.

HiLux Rugged

Based on the HiLux SR double-cab, the 2.8-litre turbo-diesel Rugged is offered with a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmissions.

New features for the Rugged include:

Exterior
• 17″ ‘Tough’ alloys
• Premium steel bullbar
• Rugged grille design
• Heavy-duty steel rear bar with integrated step
• Towbar, towball & tongue
• 7-pin flat trailer wiring harness
• Rear recovery points
• Side rock rails
• Black body side mouldings
• Snorkel
• Functional black sports bar with multiple tie-down points
• Tub liner with tailgate protection
• Black tailgate handle with integrated camera
• Dark grey ‘HiLux’ badges and Rugged decals

Interior
• Satellite navigation^
• DAB+ radio^^
• Front and rear all-weather floor mats

HILUX RUGGED BLENDS THE BEST FOR ON AND OFF-ROAD VERSATILITY

  • Aussie designed and engineered protection and functional features
  • Full frontal bullbar protection for country driving
  • Hardwearing tub with heavy-duty practical sports bar

Rugged by name and rugged by nature, the third new HiLux model provides the optimum balance of on and off-road protection and functionality for a variety of conditions and environments.

By combining the full functionality of a traditional bullbar with enhanced protection and recovery features, the Rugged is the perfect 4×4 workhorse or go-anywhere weekend warrior.

Like its new Rugged X stablemate, all the new features for Rugged were designed and engineered by Toyota Australia’s product planning and development division to suit harsh country and outback conditions.

Division general manager Rod Ferguson said the Rugged was designed for customers who wanted enhanced off-road capability and protection for a variety of environments.

“Rugged X offers a traditional bullbar for customers who do a lot of country driving while offering new locally developed off-road protection, recovery and functional features,” Mr Ferguson said.

The new Rugged shares its mechanical specifications with the HiLux SR and is powered by a 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine producing 130kW and 450Nm with the optional six-speed automatic transmission or 420Nm when mated to the six-speed manual gearbox.

At the front, the ute’s aggressive styling is dominated by a premium proven steel bullbar that integrates with the Hilux front end and provides full compatibility with all the vehicle’s safety systems.

Constructed from high-tensile steel that has been black powder coated for durability, the winch-compatible bullbar incorporates LED driving lights, centre and corner undershields, mounts for two antennas and additional driving lights.

Behind the bullbar the newly styled grille, finished in gloss black, features a bold interlocking honeycomb design that complements the mesh panel in the lower section of the bullbar.

The Rugged is also fitted with additional side body protection with body side mouldings and heavy-duty rock rails to protect the vehicle sills and underbody from damage in extreme off-road situations.

The rock rails are constructed from chassis mounted steel tubing and are designed to support a fully laden vehicle. They also feature plastic tread plates to allow easy access to the roof of the vehicle.

New design black 17-inch wheels give the Rugged a purposeful appearance and are fitted with high profile 265/65 R17 tyres.

At the rear the HiLux Rugged delivers an equally tough aesthetic and functionality with a new heavy-duty steel rear bar. Finished in black powder coat, it features a large step and tow bar, ball and tongue and 7-pin wiring harness to provide a braked towing capacity* of up to 3500kg for the manual version with the automatic rated to 3200kg.

To help get out of extreme situations, the vehicle is also fitted with rear recovery points** that are painted bright red for easy identification and location.

The recovery points are made from 20mm thick steel plate and with a large cross-vehicle bracing structure for additional strength, can accommodate an 8000kg snatch strap or 9000lb winch.

The rear tub of the HiLux Rugged also offers superb functionality with a hard-wearing durable moulded tub liner and an easy-to-operate tailgate handle.

The new black four-piece steel sports bar provides far more than good looks too and is capable of supporting a vertical load of 75kg, or securing up to 200kg in the tub bed via multiple tie-down points.

The HiLux Rugged also comes standard with a fully fitted snorkel to ensure efficient airflow to the engine in dusty conditions or when undertaking water crossings.

Inside, the HiLux Rugged shares its equipment level with the HiLux SR with the addition of satellite navigation^ and DAB+ digital radio^^ for the comprehensive Bluetooth®# and USB-equipped## infotainment system.

It also gains heavy-duty all-weather floor mats, front and rear.

HILUX RUGGED X, ROGUE, RUGGED SPECIFICATIONS

GRADES
Rugged X, Rogue, Rugged
BODY STYLE
Double Cab 4×4 pickup
DIMENSIONS
Length
5350mm – Rugged X
5345mm – Rogue
5415mm – Rugged
Width
1885mm – Rugged X/Rugged
1855mm – Rogue
Height
1815mm
Wheelbase
3085mm
Front/rear tracks
1535/1550mm
Kerb weight^
2252kg – Rugged X
2174kg – Rogue
2238kg – Rugged
GVM^
3000kg
Approach angle front
28 degrees – Rugged X/Rugged
30 degrees – Rogue
Approach angle corner
49 degrees – Rugged X
39 degrees – Rogue
45 degrees – Rugged
Departure angle
21 degrees – Rugged X/Rugged
20 degrees – Rogue
Running clearance (unladen)
251mm – Rugged X
216mm – Rogue
253mm – Rugged
Towing unbraked#
750kg
Towing braked#
3500kg (manual), 3200kg (automatic)
Fuel tank
80 litres
CHASSIS
Brakes (front)
Ventilated disc – 319mm opposed calliper
Brakes (rear)
Drum brake – 295mm
Front suspension
Double wishbone with stabiliser bar
Rear suspension
Leaf spring with two shock absorbers
Steering gear
Rack and pinion
Power steering
Hydraulic
Turns lock-to-lock
3.43
Minimum turning circle
12.6 metres (tyre)
Wheels and tyres
265/65 R17 alloy – Rugged X/Rugged
265/60 R18 alloy – Rogue
ENGINE TYPE
1GD-FTV turbo-diesel
Cylinders
4-cyl, in-line
Valve mechanism
16V DOHC chain drive
Charging system
Variable nozzle turbocharger with intercooler
Bore x Stroke
92.0mm x 103.6mm
Displacement
2755cm3
Compression ratio
15.6:1
Fuel system
Common-rail
Cetane number
48
Maximum power
130kW @ 3400rpm
Maximum torque
450Nm @ 1600-2400rpm (6AT)
420Nm @ 1400-2600rpm (6MT)
FUEL ECONOMY* – 1GD-FTV engine
Model
Rugged X Rugged Rogue
Transmission
6MT RC61 6AT AC60

6AT AC60

Combined: litres/100km
7.9 8.6 8.5
Urban: litres/100km
8.8 10.0 10.9
Extra urban: litres/100km
7.5 7.7 7.1
Emissions: grams/km*
210 226 223
TRANSMISSIONS
RC61
6-speed manual transmission
AC60
6-speed super intelligent electronically controlled auto
Gear ratios
6MT RC61 6AT AC60
1st
4.784 3.600
2nd
2.423 2.090
3rd
1.443 1.488
4th
1.000 1.000
5th
0.826 0.687
6th
0.643 0.580
Reverse
4.066 3.732
Final Drive
3.583 3.909

NOTE:

^Vehicle weights / mass and dimensions are approximate and subject to individual vehicle variances. Vehicles should be individually weighed and measured before fitting any accessories, towing or designing any compatible trailer / caravan or otherwise using the vehicle in any way that depends on this value.
#Towing capacity is subject to regulatory requirements, towbar and vehicle design and towing equipment limitations.
*Fuel consumption and emissions vary depending on driving conditions / style, vehicle conditions and options / accessories. Source of fuel consumption data: ADR81/02.

The X-Class launches in Australia

From today brand new X-Class utes will drive out of Mercedes-Benz dealerships all around Australia. With pricing starting from $45,490 plus on roads Mercedes-Benz Vans has already had more than 8,000 customers register their interest in buying the vehicle, with some leaving deposits at dealerships to secure early orders.

World wide, it’s consider one of the biggest vehicle launches for the year. Mercedes-Benz Vans kicked off their marketing campaign by inviting Henry Rollins to travel around Australia in an X-Class creating a podcast and documentary called Tough Conversations which interviews real Australians on what it means to be tough. The documentary will air on Network Ten’s ONE channel at 9.30pm April 18th.

Managing Director Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia and New Zealand, Diane Tarr, said, “The high level of interest and anticipation in the lead up to revealing the new X-Class has been a reflection of just how ingrained dual cab utes are in both the Australian and New Zealand culture. The fact is we love utes and we are showing a desire to incorporate this type of vehicle into our lives in more ways than we did in the past. Not just for work, but also increasingly for private use.

“The new X-Class finds the perfect balance between the stylish design expected of a Mercedes-Benz and the uncompromising robustness and functionality demanded of the category. As a result, with the X-Class, we can effectively provide a solution for trade and fleet customers, and we will find out just how far this category can evolve for private customers who need the vehicle to support their lifestyle.”

To register your interest: https://www.forms.mercedes-benz.com.au/vans/RYI-X-Class

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First look: A bolder BT-50 set for Australia

Exclusive to Australia, Mazda will launch a bold new look for the BT-50, going on sale from May 2018.

In its second and most comprehensive update since its launch in 2011, the BT-50 will see significant front end design changes, doing away with curving lines to strengthen the ute’s impressive road stance.

Lowering the car’s visual centre of gravity, the outer edges of the bumper have been squared off, bolder contrasting fog light surrounds have been added, along with a large trapezoidal lower air intake with a skid plate.

Further bolstering its tougher outlook, the grille has adopted strong horizontal lines to straighten out the front of the car, giving the ute a wider and more solid bearing.

Designed and engineered locally, the new look Mazda BT-50 has been made specifically for Australia and is exclusive to the Australian market. Mazda Australia partnered with EGR group, who have been instrumental in bringing Mazda’s vision to life.

Mazda Australia’s Managing Director, Vinesh Bhindi, said the refresh is an important step to take in a highly competitive segment.

“The utility segment is a huge priority in Australia and for Mazda; we’re always looking to improve and enhance our product offering, to remain competitive and appealing to our customers,” said Mr Bhindi.

“This upgrade gives the BT-50 a stronger and tougher bearing, which we know Australians look for in a ute.

The BT-50 will also see a range of features and equipment added across grades. More detail on specific equipment upgrades and pricing will be made available closer to release.

First-ever Ford Performance Ranger Raptor to have a Manufacturer’s List Price from $74,990* ahead of arriving in Australian showrooms in 2018

  • Australians will be able to order a Ford Ranger Raptor in 2018 with genuine Raptor DNA as the new hero model for the Ranger line-up, following its global reveal in Bangkok, Thailand, in February this year
  • The Ranger Raptor answers the calls from Aussies for a Ranger with even more character, individualism and genuine off-road capability, reflecting the broader use of pick-ups beyond traditional workhorse duties to a highly charged, performance vehicle
  • The Ranger Raptor will be introduced following extensive testing at Ford Australia’s You Yangs Proving Ground and in remote locations across the globe, with Australian-based engineers and designers playing a crucial role in its development
  • Ranger Raptor will build on Ford’s truck and pick-up heritage, with roots back to Lewis Bandt’s 1934 Coupe Utility through to the current locally-engineered Ford Ranger line-up, Ford Australia’s most popular model

The first-ever Ford Ranger Raptor is the ultimate expression of the Ford Ranger, and will be available for Australian off-road enthusiasts as a bold entrant in an all-new niche. It will go on sale in 2018 with a Manufacturer’s List Price of $74,990*.

“We’re unbelievably excited and delighted to be able to confirm that the Ranger Raptor is coming to Australia in 2018,” said Graeme Whickman, President and CEO of Ford Australia. “The response to our announcement in September, and the interest from the global reveal back in February to bring it to market at such a sharp price only adds to the anticipation ahead of its arrival in local showrooms,” said Whickman.

The Ranger Raptor will lead the Ranger line-up and be offered in other markets around the world, just as Ranger is offered in more than 180 countries. Ranger Raptor will showcase Australian design and engineering expertise in conjunction with Ford Performance Raptor DNA that builds on Ford’s strong truck heritage.

“Aussies have a passion for performance cars, and an appetite for pick-ups, and the Ranger is a direct response to that,” said Ford Australia President and CEO, Graeme Whickman. “Our local design and engineering team has worked incredibly hard with Ford Performance on this truly unique program to deliver a product that brings Raptor DNA and meets the needs of Australians who’ve called for such a vehicle.”

Raptor DNA: A force to be reckoned with

The Ford Ranger Raptor is Ford’s first performance pick-up truck for Australia. It comes with exclusive features unique to the pick-up segment, and has been developed to deliver the ultimate performance experience for off-road users, benefitting from locally-led design and engineering at venues across the world including Ford Australia’s You Yangs Proving Ground and Borrego in the USA, where the F-150 Raptor was tested.

The current Ford Ranger is the market leader in 4×4 pick-ups as the best-selling 4×4 pick-up here in 2017. The Ranger Raptor builds on the inherent qualities of the Ford F-Series Raptor, and brings with it the Tough Done Smarter elements that meet Australian buyer’s light commercial needs.

Ranger customers are increasingly using their vehicle for both work and recreational purposes, including off-road drives, and Ranger Raptor raises the bar. Leveraging Ford’s engineering experience in building tough trucks and global engineering expertise in performance vehicles, the Ranger Raptor is an extremely capable off-roader built on customer feedback from Ford’s performance and truck products, both in Australia and around the globe.

Based on the Ranger with its Australian-led engineering and design, the Ranger Raptor has been developed for customers who desire a pick-up truck that delivers an unmistakably unique statement. The Ranger Raptor is made for off-road enthusiasts who appreciate an outdoor lifestyle and seek out the most extreme terrain, demanding an authentic, truly capable vehicle that’s a cut above other off-roaders. Ranger Raptor is the result of this vision.

“It’s clear that there’s an appetite for a performance pick-up, and we’ve worked hard to deliver something that fits the bill as a genuine performance product,” said Graeme Whickman. “The Ranger Raptor is the real deal: its unique engineering and performance aspects make it unlike any other Ranger – or any other truck on sale, for that matter.”

Ranger Raptor: Equipped like no other

The Ford Performance Ranger Raptor will be offered as a single specification, featuring an all-new powertrain, advanced suspension and unmatched capability as the first Ford Performance pick-up offered in Australia.

Ford Performance Raptor DNA begins with the Ranger Raptor’s aggressive stance, headlined by its ‘Ford’ block-letter from grille, HID headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lamps, and unique front and rear bumpers to build Ranger Raptor’s visual punch. Bolstered by its 33-inch diameter BF Goodrich all-terrain tyres, and flanked by Ranger Raptor-specific heavy-duty side-steps, the Ranger Raptor shows off-road ability from before its turned a wheel.

Underneath the skin, Ranger Raptor’s race-bred long travel suspension with Fox Shox, aluminium upper and lower control arms, heavy duty skid-plates and underbody protection, which – combined with a unique chassis – enables Ranger Raptor to be the most capable off-road Ford Ranger. This includes wider front and rear tracks, greater ride height, increased approach and departure angles, as well as water wading capability that’s enhanced to 850mm^.

The Ranger Raptor will be powered by a new-generation Bi-Turbo diesel producing 157kW/500Nm through a 10-speed automatic with magnesium paddle shifters for high performance capability. The flexibility of the powertrain is further unlocked through the Ranger Raptor’s unique six-mode Terrain Management System (TMS), which includes low- and high-range four-wheel drive and a locking rear-differential. The Ranger Raptor’s TMS introduces Baja mode, which is exclusive to Raptor DNA, and offers the ultimate off-road performance settings.

In addition, Ranger Raptor will introduce a host of convenience features as standard, including smart keyless entry, push-button start as well as a power tailgate lock. SYNC 3 with an 8.0-inch colour touchscreen and standard sat-nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Autoi compatibility is also standard for Ranger Raptor. The Raptor interior also features exclusive leather-accented bucket seats, a unique instrument cluster with its own start-up display behind a Raptor-embossed steering wheel with competition-spec ‘straight ahead’ marking.

Ranger Raptor: building on Ford’s global truck heritage

Ford celebrated 100 years of trucks in 2017, and that expertise has been leveraged for Ranger Raptor. Earning its keep alongside the F-150 Raptor in other markets, the Ranger Raptor meets the stringent demands of Ford’s global truck line while delivering the driver – and passengers – that genuine Raptor DNA.

“This is a fully warranted, factory performance vehicle,” said Ranger Raptor Chief Program Engineer, Damien Ross. “While Raptor DNA calls for extreme performance, the vehicle must meet the regulations, demands and expectations in terms of ownership experience that all of our products are measured by. That’s no mean feat.”

Throughout this rich history, Ford has continuously worked to improve its trucks by listening to owners and developing innovations that improve their ability to get the job done. These innovations give today’s Ford truck owners greater towing and cargo carrying capability, advanced engines for improved efficiency, and driver-assist technologies that make them more convenient to drive and own. Ranger Raptor owners will benefit from this legacy.

The first-ever Ford Performance Ranger Raptor will be on sale in Australia in 2018.

TOYOTA ACHIEVES 50,000 SALES IN FIRST QUARTER

  • Best start to the year in a decade
  • SUV and HiLux sales records three months in a row
  • HiLux and Corolla top respective best-seller charts

Market leader Toyota has passed 50,000 new-vehicle sales in 2018 on the back of three consecutive monthly sales records for HiLux and also for the company’s sports-utility vehicles (SUVs).

Toyota’s first-quarter sales total has exceeded 52,400 vehicles – the best result for the company and its dealers in a decade.

HiLux has extended its lead as Australia’s best-selling vehicle with more than 12,600 deliveries this year, an increase of 22.3 per cent.

Toyota’s SUV tally has risen 26.6 per cent to more than 19,100 vehicles with strong results across its portfolio.

RAV4 has posted six consecutive monthly records and its sales this year have risen 11.8 per cent to 5,573 vehicles – the highest first quarter in its 24-year history in Australia.

LandCruiser wagon sales this year are the strongest since before the 200 Series replaced the 100 Series in 2007.

Other notable 2018 SUV successes include Prado sales up 10.7 per cent, Kluger up 41 per cent and Fortuner 67.3 per cent.

Corolla is Australia’s most in-demand passenger car with sales topping 9,200 vehicles so far this year.

Toyota Australia vice president sales and marketing Sean Hanley said Toyota is the only brand to surpass 50,000 sales in the first quarter of any year.

“Toyota has achieved this level of sales due to our broad range of quality vehicles, the industry’s most extensive dealer network, strong customer-care initiatives and the abiding loyalty and trust shown by our owners,” Mr Hanley said.

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport updated for 2018

Mitsubishi Motors Australia (MMAL) has updated its 2018 Pajero Sport with a range of improvements designed to boost its safety, functionality and overall appeal.

Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) become standard features across the Pajero Sport range with the 2018 upgrades.

The 2018 Pajero Sport range will also be expanded to include a new variant – a five-seat version of the mid-spec GLS.  Currently, the entry-level GLX is the only model available with five seats.

Cosmetic changes include new 18-inch alloy wheels on GLX, while the range-topping Exceed gains a tailgate spoiler as a standard feature. All models feature a new soft trim along the console sides, adding to driver and front passenger comfort.

Other upgrades include two new USB ports for second row occupants, in addition to two existing USB outlets in the centre console bin next to a new 150W/220V three pin auxiliary outlet.  The existing 120W accessory socket has been relocated to the rear of the centre console.

The 2018 Pajero Sport range is available at Mitsubishi dealers from 4 April with Recommended Retail Pricing of $45,500 for the GLX, $48,500 for the new GLS 5-seat, $49,500 for the GLS 7-seat and $53,650 for Exceed.

MY18 Pajero Sport updates:

GLX 5-seat:

  • Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • New-design 18-inch alloy wheels
  • 150W/220V AC outlet
  • Two rear seat USB ports (power only)
  • Illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirrors
  • Soft-finish side console trim

GLS:

  • Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • New five-seat GLS variant
  • 150W/220V AC outlet
  • Two rear seat USB ports (power only)
  • Illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirrors
  • Soft-finish side console trim
  • Now available in Pitch Black Pearlescent exterior paint

Exceed:

  • Tailgate spoiler
  • 150W/220V AC outlet
  • Two rear seat USB ports (power only)
  • Illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirrors
  • Soft-finish side console trim

Mitsubishi releases limited edition Triton Blackline

Mitsubishi Motors Australia has announced a limited edition Triton Blackline model based on its popular 2018 GLS 4×4 Double Cab.

Triton Blackline comes complete with a number of unique styling and specification enhancements to deliver a smart but tough on-and-off-roader.

In addition to the exceptional value-for-money GLS features of Smartphone Link Display Audio (SDA), keyless entry and reversing camera, Triton Blackline gains enhancements including Smart Key with One Touch Start, black grille, black exterior handles, black finish 17-inch alloy wheels and black door mirrors.  An exclusive Triton Blackline door decal is also fitted.

Customers can choose from three premium paint colours: Black, Starlight and Titanium.

Available in manual and automatic transmission, the Triton Blackline is currently on sale at Mitsubishi dealers.

Triton Blackline features:

  • Smart Key with One Touch Start
  • Black mesh grille
  • Black exterior handles
  • Black door mirrors
  • Black finish fender flares
  • Black finish side steps
  • Black finish rear step bumper
  • Black finish sports bar
  • Rear differential lock
  • Triton Blackline door decal
  • Tub liner
  • Carpet mat

Recommended Retail Pricing:

Variant Transmission RRP
Triton Blackline 2.4L diesel 4WD Double Cab MT $43,490
Triton Blackline 2.4L diesel 4WD Double Cab AT $45,990

Supercar Beater: Range Rover Sport SVR Sets Tianmen Road Record

Land Rover’s enhanced performance SUV sets new benchmark on Tianmen Road, China

  • New performance SUV beats supercar record for tackling the 99 turns of the world-famous Tianmen Road in China
  • 423kW Range Rover Sport SVR features enhanced V8 supercharged engine, delivering 0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds
  • Performance flagship completed epic drive in 9 minutes 51 seconds, beating benchmark of 10 minutes 31 seconds set by a Ferrari 458 Italia
  • Standard production SVR model was piloted by Le Mans class-winner and Panasonic Jaguar Racing reserve and test driver Ho-Pin Tung

An SUV is not meant to outperform a supercar, but that’s exactly what happened when the new Range Rover Sport SVR took on a fearsome mountain road in China.

Land Rover’s performance SUV, driven by Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver Ho-Pin Tung, has smashed the record for negotiating the 99 corners of the famous Tianmen Road.

The standard production Range Rover Sport SVR set a new unofficial record of 9 minutes 51 seconds for the 11.3km ascent at an average speed of 68.8km/h, beating the previous best of 10 minutes 31 seconds – set by a Ferrari 458 Italia supercar in 2016.

With 423kW available from its enhanced V8 supercharged engine, the new Range Rover Sport SVR is the fastest ever Land Rover and can accelerate from 0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 280km/h. The new performance flagship features bold design revisions and increased use of lightweight materials to enhance performance, handling and agility.

Coupled with changes to the chassis, the new SVR delivers more dynamic responses without compromising traditional Range Rover comfort. The engineers at SVO focused on controlling pitch under heavy acceleration and braking, and changes to the damping hardware have improved turn-in, mid-corner grip and body control.

Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s Ho-Pin Tung said: “I am used to the high speeds of racing but this was even more demanding. Maintaining concentration was the biggest challenge as the road twists and turns constantly, with huge drop-offs to the side. The consequences of getting it wrong would have been really serious so I focused on establishing a rhythm and the Range Rover Sport SVR made this easy – it may be an SUV but it has the performance and agility of a supercar and can take you to places a supercar can only dream of.”

The optional exposed carbon fibre bonnet is one of the distinctive innovations introduced by the experts at Special Vehicle Operations and features a pair of large air vents to underline its performance potential. A revised front bumper provides enhanced brake and engine cooling while the 5.0-litre V8 supercharged engine produces 700Nm of torque.

Inside, new lightweight SVR Performance seats provide superior support and traditional Range Rover luxury with Windsor leather, an embossed SVR logo and a choice of four colour combinations.

The record-breaking ascent is the latest challenge completed by the Range Rover Sport after the PHEV model made the dizzying climb to the iconic Heaven’s Gate natural rock arch at the road’s summit last month. The PHEV made its debut in a race against two-time open-water swimming world champion Keri-anne Payne and endurance athlete Ross Edgley in Devon, UK.

The Range Rover Sport SVR is priced from $238,200.

Holden Colorado Lsx Packs A Stylish Punch And Outstanding Value

  • Colorado LSX boasts 18-inch black alloy wheels, black fender flares and black grille
  • Colorado LSX adds stylish accessory enhancements to already capable performance
  • Accessories designed and developed in Australia

Holden has announced a new addition to the Colorado range with the 2018 Colorado LSX set to go on sale across Australia from mid-March.

First introduced in 2015, Colorado LSX connected with customers thanks to its stylish additions to its already capable and well-appointed donor model, Colorado LS.

Adding to Colorado’s already impressive list of features including a 3.5 tonne towing capacity, impressive payload and ‘shift-on-the-fly’ 4WD, LSX boasts an additional level of the popular, black-out inspired styling. LSX adds 18-inch black alloy wheels, matte black extended sports bar with ‘Colorado’ branded plate inserts, and black front grille.

Elsewhere, there’s muscular black fender flares, soft tonneau cover and an unmistakable ‘Colorado’ branded rear decal.

“We know a lot of our Colorado customers want to make their truck standout from the crowd and accesories are a great way to do that,” said Holden’s Executive Director – Marketing, Mark Harland.

“Colorado LSX combines some of our most striking and impactful accessories – inspired by the 2016 Colorado Xtreme concept car – while maintaining exceptional customer value.”

Colorado LSX 4×4 starts at just $44,990 driveaway* and is available from Holden dealers from 12 March 2018. With just 800 Crew Cab Pickups and 200 Crew Cab Chassis vehicles available, customers are encouraged to visit their local Holden dealer early to avoid disappointment.

Additionally, all Colorado LSX models purchased before 31 March 2018 will be eligible for three years free scheduled servicing, five year warranty and five years roadside assist.

Colorado LSX Crew Cab Pickup includes the following content:

  • 18-inch black alloy wheels (x4)
  • All terrain tyres
  • Fender flares – black
  • Black grille
  • Extended sports bar – matte black
  • ‘Colorado’ branded sports bar plate – matte black
  • Extended sports bar soft tonneau
  • Rear ‘Colorado’ decal

Colorado LSX Crew Cab Chassis includes the following content:

  • 18-inch black alloy wheels (x4)
  • All terrain tyres
  • Fender flares – black
  • Genuine Holden Tray – heavy duty aluminium

Pricing – driveaway:

  • Colorado LSX Crew Cab Pickup (MT)*           $44,990

Pricing – RRP

  • Colorado LSX Crew Cab Pickup (MT)*           $51,945
  • Colorado LSX Crew Cab Chassis (MT)*         $50,055

* Manual price – Auto attracts $2,200 premium

Luxury First: Range Rover SV Coupé Debuts at Geneva Motor Show

  • Land Rover has created the world’s first full-size luxury SUV coupé – a seductive limited-edition two-door Range Rover
  • Beautifully curated interiors set new standards for materials and craftsmanship, with extensive personalisation options for SV Coupé clients
  • 416kW and 700Nm 5.0-litre Supercharged V8 petrol powertrain makes SV Coupé the fastest-ever full-size Range Rover, with 0-100kph in just 5.3 seconds and a 266kph top speed**
  • SV Coupé will be hand-assembled at the SVO Technical Centre in Warwickshire, with no more than 20 examples available in Australia.
  • Prospective Range Rover SV Coupé clients can register their interest now on www.landrover.com.au

Nearly 50 years ago, Land Rover created the luxury SUV sector with the introduction of the Range Rover. Now it’s defining a new genre with the world’s first full-size luxury SUV coupé: the limited-edition two-door Range Rover SV Coupé.

Created by Land Rover Design and Special Vehicle Operations, SV Coupé is an exemplar of Range Rover design, craftsmanship and capability. It features a seductive body allied to the next-generation of cabin luxury – with the peerless all-terrain ability expected from Range Rover. No more than 999 will be hand-crafted by SVO for clients worldwide.

Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Officer, Land Rover, said: “The Range Rover SV Coupé is a celebration of the Range Rover bloodline. With a dramatic two-door silhouette, this breath-taking four seat coupé alludes to its unique heritage whilst being thoroughly modern and contemporary. Beautifully realised, superbly engineered, the Range Rover SV Coupé delivers the most distinguished, luxurious and exclusive Range Rover ever built.

Beautiful proportions with a powerful stance give SV Coupé unrivalled on-road presence. The signature floating roof, continuous waist and tapering tail are instantly recognizable Range Rover DNA, yet are expressed in a unique way for this exclusive addition to the Range Rover family.

SV Coupé’s purity of line is perfectly complemented by elegant power-close doors with frameless glass. In combination with the panoramic roof, light floods into the cabin, accentuating the relaxed, sophisticated and contemporary ambience.

Carefully curated body colour combinations, including a new Contour Graphic available in four duo-tone colourways, are offset by unique side vent and grille designs. This is also the first Range Rover with a 23-inch wheel option.

Enhanced luxury and exquisite craftsmanship extends inside too, with semi-aniline leather front seats bringing Range Rover’s already premium interior to a new level of luxury: accommodation comparable to private jets and yachts. Their gradated diamond quilt design is unique to SV Coupé.

Each SV Coupé will be hand-assembled to the client’s personal specification by the fastidious experts at the SVO Technical Centre in the UK – a first for Range Rover.

SV Coupé clients can choose from four front-to-rear contrast interior colourways, or a range of single-tone interior colours. Both are complemented by a choice of three elegant wood veneers. A first for Range Rover is Nautica, which carefully balances heritage craftsmanship with new technology, fusing walnut and sycamore together.

Optional paint finishes include Liquesence, which brings a sensational liquid metal finish to Range Rover for the first time.

Additionally, Special Vehicle Operations’ bespoke personalisation team offers SV Coupé clients the opportunity to indulge their desire to create a truly unique vehicle to their exacting taste, granting access to 100 more paint colours, plus unique ‘match to sample’ hues, with a range of finishes; duo-tone front and rear leather colours with a bespoke quilt pattern; contrast stitching; headrest embroidery; door handle and tread plate engraving and semi-precious metal badging.

SV Coupé is also the fastest-ever full-size Range Rover, with a 226kph top speed.  Powered by an exhilarating 416kW 5.0-litre Supercharged V8 petrol powertrain, the most powerful engine ever placed in a full-size Range Rover, means SV Coupé hits 0-100kph in just 5.3 seconds.

The suspension is tuned to provide a more driver-focused edge than the standard Range Rover, with a ride height lowered by 8mm, but will remain composed and comfortable at all times. Plus, the SV Coupé loses none of Range Rover’s legendary all-terrain ability, with 900mm maximum wading depth – and a maximum towing capacity of 3.5 tonnes.

**A maximum of 20 x Range Rover SV Coupés will be coming to Australia. Sales are anticipated to commence in Australia from the Q1, 2019, local pricing will be announced shortly.

RANGE ROVER SV COUPÉ: IN DETAIL

COMPELLING BODY DESIGN

With the exception of the bonnet and lower tailgate, all of the two-door SV Coupé’s aluminium exterior panels are new, as are the front and rear bumpers. A new two-part grille features Brunel Metallic rear mesh overlaid with Bright Chrome front mesh and a Satin Indus Silver metal surround, while Bright Chrome/Black Knurled Range Rover bonnet and tailgate script is handcrafted in the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter.

Noble Chrome metal side vents with Brunel Metallic mesh and Satin Indus Silver metal surrounds complement frameless doors with Power Close functionality and Bright Chrome embellished body colour door handles.

Pixel-laser LED headlights with 144 LEDs and four laser diodes (market dependent fitment) provide five times higher luminance than standard LED lights on Laser Supplementary High Beam – over 500m, operational above 80kph when no other lights are detected.

SUBLIME PAINTWORK

Eight body colours are available, in gloss or satin effects, four offered for the first time on Range Rover: Constellation, Parallax, Liquesence and Obsidian; and four from the SV Premium Palette: Ethereal, Flux, Valloire, and Desire. The Liquesence option brings liquid metal finish to Range Rover for the first time. SV Coupé clients can also specify one of four exclusive duo-tone gloss Contour Graphic options: Valloire/Flux, Valloire/Ethereal, Parallax/Ethereal, Obsidian/Desire.

Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Officer, Land Rover said: “Accentuating Range Rover SV Coupé’s proportions, and available as a unique feature for the first time, the new Contour Graphic is created by applying a contrasting paint to the flanks of the vehicle. Starting at the side vent, it flows rearwards and around to the opposite vent, and offers customers the opportunity to further personalise their specification.”

16 optional SV Premium Palette colours include a range of finishes including tri-coat, tinted clear coat, pearlescent, ChromaFlairTM and satin matte finishes. And, further colours are available as part of Special Vehicle Operations’ bespoke personalisation service offered exclusively at Range Rover SV Coupé commissioning events or by appointment at the SVO Technical Centre in Warwickshire, UK.

SUMPTUOUS INTERIOR
Stunning to the eye, sumptuous to the touch, SV Coupé’s interior is a light, contemporary, space where attention to detail has been paramount. Four curated duo-tone colourways, contrasting light to dark, front to rear include Orchid/Eclipse, Orchid/Vintage Tan, Brogue/Ebony and Cirrus/Lunar, while four single-tone colours are also available: Ebony, Lunar, Eclipse and Vintage Tan.

The heated and cooled 20-way electrically adjustable front and 10-way electrically adjustable rear seats, wrapped in specially selected semi-aniline leather from a single tannery established in 1905, feature a unique gradated diamond quilt design. Concurrent with the latest Range Rover line, SV Coupé has wider, deeper seat foams and specially developed interlayers for world-class comfort.

Nautica veneer – a first for Range Rover – combining heritage craftsmanship with a patented new form-following process to fuse walnut and sycamore together, joins three elegant wood veneer options for the steering wheel rim, door casings, centre console, instrument panel and loadspace floor: Nautica, Natural Black Ash and Santos Palisander.

InControl Touch Pro Duo infotainment includes a 10-inch display, 10-inch control panel and 12-inch Interactive Driver Display, while a 10-inch full-colour Head-Up Display shows turn information including street names, slope and wheel information, cruise control, RPM and gear information. The 1700w, 23-speaker, Meridian 3D Signature Sound System with dual-channel subwoofer features Trifield 3D technology for optimum sound quality.

POWERFUL PERFORMANCE
SV Coupé features Range Rover’s most powerful 5.0-litre Supercharged V8 petrol powertrain producing 416kW, 700Nm, mated to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission with rotary drive selector and paddle-shift. That delivers a 0-100kph time of just 5.3 seconds and a 266kph top speed.

Permanent four-wheel drive with a two-speed transfer box and Active Locking Rear Differential ensures effortless go-anywhere progress, assisted by Terrain Response 2 featuring Dynamic, Eco, Comfort, Grass Gravel Snow, Mud and Ruts, Sand and Rock Crawl programmes.

REWARDING DYNAMICS
SV Coupé’s ride height is lowered by 8mm over the standard Range Rover, to deliver enhanced dynamic performance and aesthetics and automatically lowers by 15mm at cruising speeds of 65mph or above to enhance stability and minimise fuel consumption.

Its five air suspension height settings include: Access Height (-50mm max below normal ride height), Off-Road 1 Ride Height (+40mm max above normal ride height, up to 80kph), Off-Road 2 Ride Height (+75mm max above normal ride height, up to 50kph) – additional 30-40mm automatic increase if obstacle detected, and a further manually selectable 30-40mm increase above that.

Four alloy wheel options from 21-inch to 23-inch include two new forged wheels – the 23-inch wheel, a two-tone silver polished six split-spoke design with 275/40 R23 all-terrain tyres, is a first for Range Rover. The 22-inch dark grey polished five split-spoke with polished finish is also new.

TECHNICAL DATA**

RANGE ROVER SV COUPÉ

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

Engine capacity (cc)

4999.7

Cylinders

V8 Supercharged petrol

Power KW

416

Torque Nm / lb ft

700

Transmission

8-speed automatic, Permanent All-Wheel Drive, two-speed transfer box

CHASSIS

Front and rear suspension

Front: independent, SLA with twin lower links with air springs / Adaptive Damping / Dynamic Response
Rear: independent, Integral link with air springs/ Adaptive Damping / Dynamic Response

Front brakes

380mm ventilated discs

Rear brakes

365mm ventilated discs

Tyres

275/45 R21, 275/40 R22 or 275/40 R23

Steering

Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) rack and pinion

DIMENSIONS

Length (mm)

5,013

Width inc. / exc. mirrors (mm)

2,220 / 2,073

Height with antenna (mm)

1,794

Deep Fording – Drive through depth

900mm

Approach angle at Off Road Height (deg)

31

Breakover angle at Off Road Height (deg)

26.5

Departure angle at Off Road Height (deg)

25

Ground clearance

263

Towing capability (Maximum Permissible Mass)

3500kg – with Advanced Tow Assist

PERFORMANCE & ECONOMY

0-60mph (sec)

5.0

0-100km/h (sec)

5.3

Top speed ( km/h)

 266

Fuel consumption -combined (l/100km)

13.8

**All figures are manufacturer’s targets and subject to final confirmation ahead of production